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Amanda Hayes trial expected to begin Monday

Posted January 24
Updated January 27

Amanda Hayes appears in a Wake County courtroom Jan. 21, 2014, the first day of her first-degree murder trial in the July 13, 2011, death of her husband's ex-girlfriend, Laura Ackerson.

— The murder trial of a woman accused of the death and dismemberment of her husband's former lover is expected to begin with opening statements Monday afternoon in Wake County.

Amanda Hayes, 41, is one of two people Raleigh police have implicated in the July 13, 2011, death of Laura Jean Ackerson, a 27-year-old Kinston woman who had dated Hayes' husband, Grant Hayes, and was the mother of two of his children.

By late Friday, Wake County prosecutors and defense attorneys had seated 12 jurors and an alternate. They were expected to finish jury selection, adding another two alternate jurors, on Monday morning.

Grant Hayes was convicted of first-degree murder in Ackerson's death last year and is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Defense attorneys have claimed that Amanda Hayes was scared for her life and that any involvement she might have had in Ackerson's death was because she was under duress.

But Grant Hayes, who is appealing his conviction, said last week in an interview with WRAL News that his wife killed Ackerson during an argument at their Raleigh apartment and that he had no involvement in the crime.

He did, however, admit to covering up the crime by cutting Ackerson's body into several pieces and dumping them in a creek in Richmond, Texas, near the home of Amanda Hayes' sister.

Prosecutors haven't commented on how Amanda Hayes was involved in Ackerson's death but argued during her husband's trial that Grant Hayes was involved in a custody dispute with Ackerson and that he lured her to his home because he wanted her out of his life.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Amanda Hayes faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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  • mafiamic Jan 24, 6:25 p.m.

    Prosecutors haven't commented on how Amanda Hayes was involved in Ackerson's death but argued during her husband's trial that Grant Hayes was involved in a custody dispute with Ackerson and that he lured her to his home because he wanted her out of his life.

    Looks like none involved in this story will get custody of the kids?
    Another senseless act of the parents and adults bringing the children into their mistakes and problems...
    If you are having problems people DO NOT INVOLVE YOUR CHILDREN or take it out on them.

  • mafiamic Jan 24, 5:14 p.m.

    Chatham Rebel....This is not a trial. It is merely a formality. The humor of WRAL's continual... View More

    — Posted by dwr1964

    I don't go for spelling,I go for pronunciation.The mistake she made was being with a ??? who was not faithful,who played around.She was suckered into getting rid of her competition.
    People live by 3 rules in their lives....Fear...Competition, ...and Superstition...

  • EricaSliver Jan 24, 1:48 p.m.

    Amanda Hayes made some very bad decisions that will rightfully cost her her freedom. I hope that justice is served and she one day is repentant for her actions and role in the death of Laura Ackerson.

  • dwr1964 Jan 24, 1:41 p.m.

    Chatham Rebel....This is not a trial. It is merely a formality. The humor of WRAL's continual misprints, is more of a story. Comments here often have spelling errors, but folks who make these comments here are not professional writers.

  • determined2win Jan 24, 1:22 p.m.

    Why should she get life in prison? Is there any reason for her to not pay an ultimate price of the Death Sentence for her crime?

  • Chatham Rebel Jan 24, 1:08 p.m.

    Really? Here is a woman being tried for murder of another human being and assisting in cutting her body into pieces and dumping it as garbage in a creek and all you people can comment on is a missing ' in the headline? Amazing!

  • rougemontredneck Jan 24, 1:07 p.m.

    I think they both should get the death penalty for such a horrific murder. What kind of people could do such a thing? She claims it was under duress? I'm not buying that at all. They drove all the way to Texas. She surely could have escaped or contacted authorities along the way if she had any conscience at all. Just pathetic really. Both of them.

  • kbird Jan 24, 12:55 p.m.

    Why is she always smiling?

  • kbkline Jan 24, 12:35 p.m.

    LOL the spelling and grammar I've seen over the lst year from the writers on this site is remarkable. Horrendous is a good complement

  • kikinc Jan 24, 12:35 p.m.

    Great job with the spelling WRAL. Is proofreading a lost art?

    "Amanda Hayes trial to being... View More

    — Posted by dwr1964

    That darn autocorrect!

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